GEM – Going the Extra Mile

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The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The GEM Project aims to engage with 1,100 people over the next three years until December 2019.

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The GEM Navigator Developer at Forest Upcycling Project is Jen Cothier.  If you, or someone you know would like to work with Jen to overcome barriers to work or volunteering please email her on or give her a call on 01594 368240.  

Success stories from GEM at Forest Upcycling Project  so far include;

Long term unemployed man joining us as a part time gardener.

Helping an unemployed single mum find part time work.

Helping a young single mum find a place on a fully funded Beauty Therapy Course.

Helping a young unemployed man gain his first job interview and find a temporary work experience placement.

The successful application for funding for an LGV driving course for a young dad.